HRH officially opens Wales Air Ambulance Base in Dafen
Prince Charles has been in West Wales this afternoon.
He's been visiting Morriston Hospital as well as opening the new base for the Wales Air Ambulance in Dafen.
The air ambulance helicopters regularly land at the hospital with trauma patients, and many of the doctors who fly on board also work shifts in Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine at the hospital.
Morriston Hospital also works with the Welsh Blood Service every week to supply a range of blood products to the WAAC Dafen airbase. These blood products enable the flying medics to administer blood and clotting agents at the scene of an emergency.
During the visit to the air ambulance HQ, Prince Charles met medical crews, pilots and engineers in the charity’s custom-built hangar.
He also went on board the Children’s Wales Air Ambulance aircraft, a dedicated helicopter for transferring vulnerable babies and children between specialist hospitals.
The medical crew also performed a demonstration of a cardiac arrest scenario in the hangar.
Prince Charles also met volunteers, staff, supporters and the local builders who constructed the site.
The Ammanford-based Encore Stage School choir sang throughout the visit. The school has raised thousands of pounds for the charity after one if its teachers, Rebecca Evans, died in a road crash which the ambulance attended in November 2016.
Rebecca’s son Cian, 3, was airlifted by WAAC and presented a gift to Prince charles alongside Curtis Thomson, 4, who was flown to London on 3 January 2018 for an urgent liver transplant. The gift is a jar of Mêl Cilgwenyn honey, local to the Dafen airbase. The farm runs the Bee Free Project, helping ex-service personnel cope with PTSD symptoms.
HRH officially opened the headquarters and airbase by unveiling a plaque.